Although there are only a few more weeks until the official start of Fall (according to one source fall officially starts on September 22) apple based recipes are in full bloom. All of my favorite bloggers and cooking sites have begun to post their favorite apple recipes. I came across this “Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Bars” recipe a few weeks ago on Pinterest and instantly knew I needed to recreate a healthier version.
In order to create a healthy recipe with relatively”non-processed” ingredients this meant I would need to start from scratch. The original recipe included a store purchased sugar cookie dough and canned apple pie filling. Both are loaded with sugar and fat and were not included in my recipe.
If you are a fan of apple pie you will love these healthier cookie bars. The sweetened cinnamon apple layer sandwiched in between the two cookie layers produces a taste much like that of the apple pie most crave during every fall season. The benefit of these bars is they lack the calories the typical apple pie offers. You can enjoy one bar for less than 150 calories!
What are your favorite apple recipes?
Your family’s dietitian,
- 3 egg whites
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup flour
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced as thin as possible
- 1 tablespoon light butter spread (ie. Smart Balance Spread), melted
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon flour
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 -3 teaspoons cinnamon
- non-stick cooking spray